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This week in Funding News: Pen America, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood, Rotary Foundation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance hosts its first national convening, MBK Rising! in Oakland, CA on February 19, 2019. Please credit “The Obama Foundation” when posting. The photographs may not be manipulated in any way, and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement by the Foundation, President Obama, or Mrs. Obama without the Foundation’s prior written consent.

Welcome to Issue #13 of Funding News Weekly — your weekly connection to funding opportunities, tools, and grant makers that meet your mission. These curated opportunities represent potential investments and partnerships for MBK Communities to support strategies and initiatives for boys and young men of color.

Grant opportunities this week include: Two fellowship opportunities, one from Pen America focused on writing for justice and the other from the Rotary Foundation to promote peace; The Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for successful neighborhood transformation is now open; The Bureau of Justice Assistance has a grant opportunity for STOP school violence prevention and mental health training; a sports award grant with a focus on health is available from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is accepting letters of intent; and the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation is accepting grant applications for philanthropic arts program.  All grants opportunity are highly competitive but each one offers an opportunity to advance your My Brother’s Keeper effort in your community.

New Funding Opportunities

National Opportunities

    1. Pen America: Applications for Writing for Justice Fellowships $Deadline: May 15, 2019 Amount: $10,000Category: Civil / Human RightsGeographic Funding Area: National

      Eligibility: Individuals

      Description; Founded in 1922, PEN America champions the freedom to write, recognizes the power of the word to transform the world, and works to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible. To that end, the organization is accepting applications for the PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship, which seeks to harness the power of writers and writing in being witness to the societal consequences of mass incarceration by capturing and sharing the stories of incarcerated individuals, their families, communities, and the wider impact of the criminal justice system.

      Complete RFP: https://pen.org/writing-justice-application/

    2. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Sports Award program $Deadline: May 29, 2019 Amount: $10,000Category: Athletics/Sports; Health

      Geographic Funding Area: National

      Eligibility: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status

      Description; The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award program recognizes sports teams, athletes, and community-based organizations that use sports to catalyze and sustain changes that make communities healthier places to live, learn, work, and play.

      Complete RFP: https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2019/robert-wood-johnson-foundation-sports-award.html

    3. Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood: Invites Letters of Intent $$Deadline: May 31, 2019 Amount: $30,000 – $50,000Category: Children/Youth

      Geographic Funding Area: National

      Eligibility: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status

      Description; The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports early-stage projects and promising research with the potential to significantly enhance the development, physical and mental health, safety, education, and/or quality of life of children from infancy through seven years of age. Seed grants are awarded to innovative proposals with the greatest chance of improving the lives of young children on a national scale.

      Complete RFP: https://earlychildhoodfoundation.org/

    4. Rotary Foundation: Applications for Peace Center Fellowships $$Deadline: May 31, 2019 Amount: $30,000 – $50,000Category: Children/YouthGeographic Funding Area: National

      Eligibility: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status

      Description; Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities. The first is a Master’s degree program to study peace and development issues with research-informed teaching and a diverse student body. The program lasts 15 to 24 months and includes a 2-3 month field study, which participants design themselves. The professional development certificate program is designed for experienced leaders to gain practical tools for promoting peace and international development during an intensive, 3- month program, which includes 3 weeks of field study and peer learning opportunities with a diverse group.

      Complete RFP: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships

       

    5. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development:  Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants Program $$$$Deadline: June 10, 2019Amount: $5 MillionCategory: Community Improvement, development and Health

      Geographic Funding Area: National

      Eligibility: City/township governments; state and county governments; special district governments; and non-profit organizations

      Description: HUD is making available up to $5,000,000 for Planning Grants, including Planning and Action Grants.1. Planning Grants are two-year grants that assist communities with severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and building the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented.2. Planning and Action Grants are three and a half year planning grants that pair planning with action.

      Complete RFP: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY19CNPGP-NOFA.pdf

    6. Bureau of Justice Assistance:  STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program $$$$Deadline:June 18, 2019  Amount: $26M; Up to $1M each awardCategory: Disaster Prevention and Relief, Education, Employment, Labor and Training

      Geographic Funding Area: National

      Eligibility: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

      Description: The STOP School Violence Act of 2018 authorized BJA to manage a grant program that would support efforts by state, local, and federally-recognized Indian tribes to prevent and reduce school violence. Specifically, the BJA program will address: (1) training school personnel and educating students to prevent student violence; (2) development and operation of anonymous reporting systems against threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, and websites; and (3) development and operation of school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams that may include coordination with law enforcement agencies and school personnel. In addition, the program may fund specialized training for school officials in intervening and responding to individuals with mental health issues that may impact school safety.

      Complete RFP: https://www.bja.gov/funding/STOPMHT19.pdf

State Specific Opportunities

    1. Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation: Applications for Philanthropic Arts Program $$Deadline: Monthly rolling basis until October 31, 2019Amount: $25,000

      Category: Arts/ Culture; Education

      Geographic Funding Area: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont

      Eligibility: 501(c)(3) status organizations

      Description: The Cornelia T. Bailey Philanthropic Arts Program or “P/Arts Program” seeks to utilize and leverage philanthropy to promote the teaching powers of the arts. We’re looking for partners to not only strengthen and rebuild our public school system’s visual and performing arts programs but also grow them by proving that the arts are a useful tool to empower and engage students. The Foundation is also interested in promoting programs and ideas where the arts are being used in early childhood education and in the engagement of alternative learners.

      Complete RFP: https://ctbfoundation.org/parts-program

Funder SpotlightJPMorgan Chase

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance hosts its first national convening, MBK Rising! in Oakland, CA on February 19, 2019. Please credit “The Obama Foundation” when posting. The photographs may not be manipulated in any way, and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement by the Foundation, President Obama, or Mrs. Obama without the Foundation’s prior written consent.

Last week, JPMorgan Chase announced grants totaling $15 million to the winners of the inaugural AdvancingCities Challenge, a competition to source innovative and sustainable solutions for addressing the most persistent problems in U.S. cities.  A part of AdvancingCities, the bank’s five-year, $500 million initiative to drive inclusive growth and create greater economic opportunity in cities across the country, the challenge will award $3 million each over three years to five cities — Chicago, Louisville, Miami, San Diego, and Syracuse. Read more about this investment here.

The Foundation’s four priority areas: Jobs & Skills, Small Business Expansion, Financial Health, and Neighborhood Revitalization.  JPMorgan Chase accepts philanthropic proposals by invitation only from organizations with demonstrated success in one of our four focus areas.  We encourage you to reach out to your local JPMorgan representative to begin to build a relationship around your BYMOC efforts.

Click here to access this funder’s profile.

Tip, trick or tool of the week: Engaging Youth in Dialogue and Decision Making

The Skill Foundation recently published a blog on Engaging Youth in Dialogue and Decision Making that is worth reading.  The Foundation has a long-held practice of having youth inform their work. Focused exclusively in Detroit, their work and investment fall into three impact areas:

Education, Economy and Equity.  

Below are four key insights shared:

  1. Youth Don’t Need Traditional Platforms to Be Heard – But They Do Help Validate
  2. Mentors Matter
  3. Dig into Aspiration
  4. Prep Them, Respect Them

To learn more about each of the four insights, please click here.

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